Berkeley Animal Services


Berkeley Animal Services is a program of the City of Berkeley that provides shelter for unwanted animals.  Volunteers help by bathing, grooming, walking and socializing with their dogs and cats.  Volunteers attend an orientation and receive 3-5 hours of training.  Minimum age is 15.

The City of Berkeley’s Animal Care Services (BACS) is a division of the Office of the City Manager. They provide a wide range of services to the cities’ residents and their pets. They provide field services, seven days a week, to the cities of Berkeley and Albany.  These services include the enforcement of city ordinances related to animals, removal of killed or injured wildlife, impoundment of stray pets, and investigation of animal-related neglect, cruelty, nuisance and bite cases.At the shelter, they house domestic animals from the cities of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont. They provide not only a safe haven for these homeless pets, but also adoption services, advice on animal-related topics, lost and found pet reports, and free or low-cost spay/neuter vouchers for Berkeley residents’ dogs and cats.